By Nick Smirnis
It’s been ten years since the Jeep introduced the Wrangler JK, so it is a somewhat momentous occasion to see the words “new” and “Wrangler” next to each other. But the new Wrangler JL is here and I had the opportunity to drive it in Marana, Arizona.
Normally, vehicles enter a period of nonproduction, then receive a major update followed by two or three “face lifts” throughout their production cycle. But the Wrangler is no normal vehicle. No other vehicle has higher demands from after-market modifiers or more legacy to live up to, and nothing else out there seems to suffer the same scrutiny when it’s time for a new generation. As such, I won’t refer to the Wrangler JL as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, since the vehicle sits well outside many conventions of the automotive industry. Most of the changes discussed here will remain true to the Wrangler for the foreseeable future.